Employment Opportunities


Employment Opportunities

The Center for Neighborhood Technology is soliciting applications for the position of Managing Director of the Water Program. The Water Program supports an integrated water management approach, with focus areas including stormwater management, water infrastructure, and water policy to promote environmental sustainability and foster equitable communities. 
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The Managing Director of Water will manage a suite of current programs, a staff of five professionals, and project-specific independent contractors.  
The Water Program’s core areas of work include:
  • RainReady Home: Identifies flood control and sustainable stormwater management solutions for homes, including landscaping, building, and plumbing improvements.
  • RainReady Community: Engages residents in a process to create a community-wide risk assessment and a multi-year action plan to reduce and mitigate the impact of severe rain events.
  • RainReady Academy: Promotes and supports the adoption of the RainReady approach throughout the country by providing technical assistance, coaching, planning activities and charrettes, connections with leading water experts, program materials, and online planning tools.
  • Great Lakes Water Infrastructure: Analyzes and proposes solutions to water infrastructure challenges in Great Lakes cities, employing an intensive planning charrette process with local government, stakeholders, and national subject matter experts.
Key responsibilities of the Managing Director of Water are:
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership to deliver and grow core programs, and potentially explore and develop new programs. Includes developing multi-year goals, annual work plans and budgets, and managing programs and staff to meet goals and budget.
  • In collaboration with the Managing Director of Development and other senior staff, lead fund raising efforts for the program. Cultivate new funding opportunities, expand existing funding relationships, seek funding from both philanthropic sources and competitive RFPs. Write reports on the program for funders and deliver to the Managing Director of Development. 
  • Expand the RainReady Academy, building off the program experience working in other cities thus far.  Seek new opportunities and partnerships, refine program and service lines, conduct fundraising and respond to RFPs.
  • Expand current programming to identify models of financing green infrastructure including cost sharing, impact investing, and other strategies.
  • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization. Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program. 
  • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement.  Report evaluation findings to the CEO and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate.
  • Ensure that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization.  Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards.
A Master’s Degree in urban planning, natural resources, or related field and 5-7 years professional experience.
This position reports to the CEO.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Employment Policy:
It is the policy of the Center for Neighborhood Technology that all employees are employed at the will of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Continued employment is subject to funding availability and job performance.
Anti-Discrimination Policy:
The Center for Neighborhood Technology is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
How to Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume by September 12, 2018 to:
Bridget Torres
Vice President, Talent and Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 N State, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
or email to bridget@cnt.org.
Please write Water Director in the subject line or on the envelope.
No phone calls please.


Internship Opportunities

CNT always welcomes interns as an expression of our educational mission.  Internships are designed to expose students to various aspects of urban sustainability:
  • Public policy, research, and advocacy
  • Data and information access
  • Demonstration projects
Internships are individually crafted to reflect the interests of the student.  Prospective interns should get to know CNT in depth through our website prior to contacting us so that you know what programs and/or roles meet your current educational and experiential needs.
CNT works closely with interns to ensure that they receive academic credit for internships, whenever possible. Interns should not expect a job at CNT at the end of their internship.
CNT offers periodic brown bag seminars for interns which focus on different aspects of urban sustainability.   Some seminars may include recommended reading materials. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged.
Specific internship opportunities are posted below; internships in other areas of CNT’s work are also possible.
Please contact Bridget Torres at bridget@cnt.org to discuss opportunities unless otherwise directed. 


2018 Research Intern

The intern would provide support to CNT’s Water Department across the following program areas. 
  1. RainReady helps community members, agencies, and non-governmental organizations take action to reduce flood risk in their homes and communities. RainReady program focus areas include RainReady Home and RainReady Community.
  2. Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Project works with regional municipalities that are committed to improving water and sewer service delivery in a way that improves customer affordability, promotes resource conservation and community co-benefits, advances innovative ways to finance infrastructure improvements, and/or decreases the risk of infrastructure failure.
  3. The intern may also provide support to CNT’s work with Elevated Chicago, an initiative of SPARCC, aims to turn the ½-mile radius around transit stations into community-focused centers of commerce and culture by removing barriers that hinder innovation near station areas; equipping local residents with the resources to make these areas a community and civic priority; and aligning, cultivating, and deploying capital for development near the stations.  The Elevated Chicago Initiative is an effort aimed at improving racial equity, public health outcomes, environmental resiliency.
Primary Responsibilities
The intern’s primary responsibilities would be to research and build upon an existing needs assessment report to determine communities in northeastern Illinois most vulnerable to flooding. The resultant report would be used to market communities most in need of RainReady Community Planning and plans. RainReady plans articulate a vision for community resilience and livability that aligns traditional engineering solutions with local knowledge of risk and community-driven solutions. As part of this research, the intern would also research strategies and produce a report and suggested template aimed at enhancing RainReady plans to include water infrastructure and equity issues. The intern would also be responsible for assisting RainReady to finalize a report and document the its planning process and other offerings from the program. Standard template documents would be produced using InDesign, Illustrator or other software as determined by CNT.
Work could also include helping to create an educational and consultation forum in an effort to build resilience capacity in Great Lakes Cities. Other possible projects for the year include providing administrative support, proofreading memos, developing draft scopes of work, research documents, and work program documents and providing research support for the RainReady Home Program.  The intern would be responsible for researching and producing.
Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Program
The intern’s primary responsibility would include helping to coordinate a 2018 webinar series on water infrastructure issues, some of which include: Capital Planning and Asset Management; Water Loss and Other Performance Metrics; Financing Water Infrastructure; and Drinking Water Affordability, Rates and Customer Service. The intern would be responsible for coordinating dates, invitations, and follow up.Other possible tasks include coordination assistance with municipal workshops, copy editing and writing support, completion of case studies, and other research tasks within the project set.
Elevated Chicago Initiative
The intern’s role in the Elevated Chicago initiative would be assist with a regional scan of the types of innovative sustainable resource management and economic development opportunities optimal for implementation on available land. Examples could include:
  • District scale energy projects
  • Waste heat capture and reuse
  • Decentralized stormwater management and urban agricultural production on vacant lots
  • Community solar projects
  • Small-scale manufacturing projects that enable shared energy use, local workforce development, and job creation.
Required Skills/Experience
Bachelor’s or Master Degree
If Bachelor’s, enrollment in a graduate field of study preferred (e.g., social sciences, urban planning, etc.)
Excellent research and writing skills
Experience with InDesign, Illustrator
Independent worker but able to work well with a team
Accuracy and attention to detail
Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple, competing projects
For information and application, please contact Bridget Torres via email only at
Bridget Torres
Vice President, Talent and Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 North State Street Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602